From personal journey to a system of dance meditation practice
DANCEmandala takes us on an inward journey through different layers of our being helping us become more aware of our true Self, our harmonious connection with others, nature and community
SheDance awaken and celebrate the divine feminine within, bring more sacredness into daily life and balancing and harmonising the feminine and masculine principles in all the relationship around us.
What many of us have in common is the ultimate inner peace, joy and a sense of contentment from within.
DANCEmandala was initiated by Areeradh K Tri-Siddha (Areerat Kaewkla). It is a comprehensive method for Self-discovery and spiritual liberation that has it’s origin rooted in a yogic philosophy and a Buddhist principle.
DANCEmandala was devised the first time as a personal daily practice. Inspired by her deepening journey and findings, Areeradh further researched into the emerging structure of her method and developed a dancing path way. Her interest was inner liberation and exploration of Conscious or Self. In order to full fill her curiosity she started to look at the layers of human being and how we can transcend our multi-layers life towards true freedom. Soon it was clear to Areeradh that there was much more to this dance and she has to open space for group experiential learning and exploration. When she relocated from London to Chiang Mai in 2011, Areeradh took on a yoga centre project and began to offer the practice on a weekly basis to groups of yoga students and dancers at her Yoga Tree studio. Since then DANCEmandala has been an inspirational part of self-discovery and a transformational journey to thousands of dancers, travelling yogis and visitors from all around the worlds who came across Areeradh and this practice while visiting Chiang Mai.
In the same year Areeradh devised “SheDance-shakti” a mythical women dance practice and healing ceremony which carries the sacredness element of the DANCEmandala into a women circle. SheDance focuses on awakening divine feminine within and to reclaim and celebrate women wisdom and authentic expression, bringing it out into a harmonious relationship with our outer world. Also working toward balancing the feminine and the masculine principles. SHE philosophy expands into the root of earth wisdom and nature. Read more at: www.shedance-shakti.com
Areeradh began her life practice with Buddhist study, meditation, yoga and dance expression in various forms along side her formal education and working.
The form of dance that Areeradh immersed herself in for many years were Biodanza and Five rhythms. Biodanza is a dance expression created by Lolundo Toro. It’s focus is on human interaction and personal liberation. The system has strong identity/self-growth and theoretical elements attached to it. Biodanza has been part of Areeradh’s offering and is one of the tools she use to create space for creating supportive group dynamics. Five rhythms however has became Areeradh’s past and valuable experience that has served her growth, provided the motivation and healing she needed then.
From early years, Areeradh was introduced to Buddhist principles and learnt how to meditation at school. She spent graduate educational years working as well as immersing in long distance studies with the Sukhothai University where she deepened her appreciation of Thai Language and Literature. In post graduate time Areeradh followed her interest while holding a professional position as an Information Research Officer at academic library in the City University in London and studied Education and Training especially focussed on development of adults education, project management, group dynamics and mentoring.
Areeradh studied with many good teachers and carefully subscribed herself to neccessary inner/outer experiences. In all her studies and self reflection she always found the core essence of all the lessons to be one of the same. Areeradh’s appreciation and curiosity of Tibetan Buddhist principles was planted with her heart in her early 20 when she read ‘Nun in the Cave’ a book of recording of the epic inner journey of Jetsunma Tenzin Pulmo. About 20 years later she visited Tenzin’s nunnery in India and had an opportunity to sit in her guest reception sharing small talk (that full of wisdom from Tenzin) then went to join her retreat as one of a few hundreds participants. In all its magics it was a simple and short encounter. The experience and learning of the practice and meditation while there was an important awakening.
Her experience and awareness of power-based rigid structures, idea of limitation, intellectual judgments and all attitudes that indicate separation also had been important to Areeradh’s self-understanding and practice. As she steer away from them she found that kindness, generosity, gratitude, compassion and promotion of our natural yearning for inner liberation are all healing medicine for our modern life. They are part of the foundation and are essential for living an awakened life.
Areeradh found her soul’s passion and higher purpose in guiding others through yoga and transformation dance. She continues to master her skill and deepen her love in creating a healing and learning space for others.
Her current personal practice is a unique combination of gentle steady yoga, free-form dance flowing with the DANCEmandala intuitive pathway, qi-gong movement, meditation, stillness and reflection.
Areeradh created DANCEmandala School of Movement Meditation as a platform for providing facilitator training program in 2011. Along side teaching and running the school she also work as a creative director, manager and yoga teacher at the Yoga Tree – Chiang Mai. where she serves the vibrant international community of Chiang Mai through her teaching of yoga, dance meditation and women wisdom circle. More info at: www.theyogatree.org
Areeradh K Tri-siddha
Founder/Creator of DANCEmandala
“I am deeply grateful to live this life for all the lessons and joy I expereince. Life is sacred, beautiful and ever changing. My dance and movement practices are the manifestation of my gratitude and my dedication to continue this path which flows with life. The Dance gives me space to be all of me. Life is Dance and I dance to explore, to expand, to untangle, to connect, to be healed and inspired, and ultimately, I dance to be peaceful.”
Photo credit: Kimberley Bryant, Femke Teussink, Katerina Zakaria, Leif Jansson, and the amazing Nalin Amas. Thank you for all images on this page.